Man who threatened to kill Judge Medlock sentenced

On Thursday, July 22, 2021, Dalton Morris, 26, North Rinkers Creek Road, was sentenced after being convicted of Intimidation, a level 5 felony, and a probation violation. 

Special Judge, Joseph Claypool, from Harrison County sentenced Morris to 7 years of incarceration with 2 years suspended to supervised probation. 

According to the police report, a relative of the defendant informed police on March 4 that Morris told her and a man who was present that he planned to kill Circuit Court Judge Larry Medlock and other individuals at the Washington County Justice Center.

According to police, Morris said he planned to go to the Justice Center and start shooting.

The man who was present works as a jailer and told police Morris looked him in the eye and said, “I don’t care who is there.”  

The two left the home where they were talking with Morris and reported the incident to law enforcement.

The report states the two relayed that Morris believed he was treated unfairly by Judge Medlock and complained about how much he had spent on court costs and attorney fees.

A female witness said she believed Morris’s threats were real, noting Morris said if he were to be pulled over he would start shooting.

Police were able to locate Morris via cell phone location at Cobblestone Hotel.

There, they found the vehicle registered to his girlfriend with a rifle in plain view inside. The hotel clerk advised Morris and his girlfriend had checked in.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers called the room. Morris spoke with them and agreed to step out of the room.

He was arrested without incident.  

Morris said he felt he had been treated unfairly by Judge Medlock, but denied making any threats.

The police report noted Morris became angry when talking about his court cases.  

Morris first told police he didn’t have any weapons and denied knowing about the rifle, but finally admitted he was aware the gun was in the car.

During the search of the room, officers located a .38 caliber round and additional rounds were found in the vehicle.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Medlock testified about the impact the threat had on him, his family, and his staff.  He noted, however, that he believed it was important to stand up as a crime victim and testify because that is what crime victims go through every day in his court. 

Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin, argued at the sentencing that, “this was a terrible crime against Judge Medlock and the other direct victims here, but it was also an attack against our entire system of justice.  Anything short of the maximum punishment chips away at the very foundation of safety and justice in our community.” 

After the sentencing, Houchin noted, “I am pleased with the strong sentence Judge Claypool handed down in this case.  I thank him for his service to the people of Washington County.”    

Melvin Eugene Lyles, 86, Salem

Melvin Eugene Lyles, age 86 of Salem, Indiana, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky while surrounded
by his family.

He was born March 3, 1935 in Salem, he was the son of the late Lawrence N. Lyles Sr. and Mary E. (Crane) Lyles. He was a lifelong Washington Co.
resident and married Evelyn Reeves on June 17, 1958.

He attended Salem High School and joined the US Navy in 1953 where he served as Machinist Mate 3rd Class until his Honorable Discharge in 1957.

He was a former employee of the Old B.F. Goodrich in Salem and retired in 1995 from the Indiana State Highway Department. Melvin was a member
of the First Christian Church, the Wrench Tool Club, the Salem V.F.W. Post #6636, the Salem American Legion Cecil Grimes Post #41 and the USS
Boston Shipmates.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn (Reeves) Lyles, four daughters, Debbie (Donnie) Whitlow of Scottsburg, Indiana, Carol (Bobby) Brough of
Giddings, TX, Mary Ellen (Jeff) Spaulding of Salem, Melody (Mike) Bush of Fishers, Indiana. Five granddaughter’s, Tamara (Brandon) Smith of
Noblesville, Indiana, Savannah (RJ) Hartsfield of Giddings, TX, Tai (Greg) Rakers of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Lauren (Tyler Davisson) Spaulding of Salem, Katelyn (Austin) Trees of Austin, Texas.

Eleven great grandchildren, Harper Hartsfield, Tinsley Smith, Remi Hartsfield, Raelee Smith, Silas Smith, Sloane Rakers, Colette Rakers, Molly
Hartsfield, Bexley Smith, Owen Trees and Quinn Trees. One brother Roger (Carolyn) Lyles of Salem, three sisters Wanda Rowland of Salem, Joann
(Fred) Myers of Columbus, Indiana, June (Jim) Voyles of Salem, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Eugene Lyles, five brothers, Lawrence Jr., Alton, Marvin, Kenneth and Paul Lyles, two sisters, Lois Trueblood and Mildred Hignite.

Funeral Service is Wednesday July 28 @ 2:00 p.m. at Dawalt Funeral Home with Pastor Donnie Whitlow officiating.

Visitation is Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 2 at Dawalt Funeral Home. Entombment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Indiana.

Memorial Contributions to: Salem Community Church C/O Adam Livingston,
190 West Becks Mill Road, Unit 1, Salem, Indiana 47167

Full closures along S.R. 129 in Switzerland County

Milestone Contractors, L.P. is implementing full closures along State Road 129 in Switzerland County to perform subgrade stabilization work as part of an $11 million full-depth pavement reclamation contract that began earlier this year. 

The road closed to thru traffic between Pleasant and Vevay in April, but local access has been maintained for residents in the area. During their current work, sections of State Road 129 are closed to all traffic for work to take place across both lanes of the highway. Upcoming closures are scheduled as follows, but may change based on weather and other factors:

  • Monday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 21 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.): S.R. 129 closed to all traffic between Bursot Road and Long Run Road
  • Thursday, July 22 to Saturday, July 24 and Monday, July 26 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.): S.R. 129 closed to all traffic between Jackson Road and Cooper Road
  • Tuesday, July 27 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.): S.R. 129 closed to all traffic between Detour Road and Emmich Road
  • Wednesday, July 28 to Saturday, July 31 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.): S.R. 129 closed to all traffic between Emmich Rd and State Road 56.

The contract is currently expected to be complete by late September. The official detour will continue to follow State Road 56 and State Road 250.

Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free in and near construction zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.

Trueblood Convicted of Having BAC Nearly Twice the Legal Limit

A Salem man who is a Habitual Traffic Violator and therefore did not possess a driver’s license, registered a BAC nearly twice the legal limit when an officer stopped his vehicle last year. 

Kenny Lee Trueblood, 39, East Quaker Road, Salem, was charged in Washington County Superior Court with Level 6 felony charges of operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more.

He was convicted on those charges and sentenced on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

He was also convicted and sentenced on Class A misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more.

“We will aggressively prosecute cases where we have habitual traffic violators. The only way we can hope to ensure the safety of our roads is to take these cases seriously and pursue maximum sentences,” said Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Houchin. 

On the night of Oct. 3, 2020, a Salem City Police officer was behind a 2001 Dodge Ram that was weaving, crossing the centerline, and traveling far below the speed limit.

When the officer attempted to stop the truck, the driver hit the curb and stopped at an intersection.

Trueblood admitted to having been at a bar and said he had probably drunk too much. When the officer checked Trueblood’s license, he found it was an identification card with an HTV status.

Trueblood failed field sobriety tests. A field sobriety test measured a BAC of 0.16%.

A chemical test performed later indicated a BAC of .146.

Indiana’s OWI laws prohibit all motorists from operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more.
 

Trueblood has a previous conviction for operating while intoxicated with a prior dating to 2014.

Following the convictions, Judge Larry Medlock sentenced Trueblood to a total sentence of 5 years at the Indiana Department of Correction for OWI endangering, a class A misdemeanor, Habitual Traffic Violator, a level 6 felony, and a two-year enhancement for the Habitual Vehicular Substance Offender.

Washington County APS Receives $1800 Grant From Foundation

The Washington County Community Foundation recently provided an $1800 grant so Adult Protective Services (APS) can provide lifesaving tracking devices for up to four vulnerable adults in the community free of charge.  

According to Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Houchin, 
his office serves as the APS hub for a four-county region. 

Houchin was grateful for the donation, which will add four more devices to his office, bringing the total to 7.

“This funding makes it possible to provide four additional devices for families in our county,” said Houchin. “This gives our first responders the
ability to locate a lost loved one more rapidly, and we know that in some cases those minutes save lives.”

Project Lifesaver program allows community members who have elderly family members or adults and children with intellectual or developmental
disabilities to apply for a device that will help locate the family member if they wander off. 

Houchin said these devices can allow families to have the least restrictive living environment for their loved ones; allowing an alternative to a nursing facility. 

“I want to thank the Community Foundation for supporting Project LifeSaver in Washington County.  It provides peace of mind for these families and that is priceless,” said Houchin. 

There are four starter kits currently available in the community. 

To sign up, contact Amanda Yake at 812-883-5988 or Cpt. Joe Keltner at 812-883-5999. 

Once they are contacted, Keltner or Yake will go to the applicant’s residence and confirm the need for the service, fill out the necessary paperwork, and if the individual qualifies, place the transmitter the same
day.

Washington County Inmate Roster – 7-19-21

July 19

Salem Police Department

Sherman Morrise Skinner, 38, Salem

  • Possession of cocaine or narcotic drug
  • Possession or use of legend drug or precursor
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of syringe

July 18

Indiana State Police

Jack Dale Sherron, 19, Salem

  • Theft – at least $750 but less than $50000 value or property is a firearm or prior theft or criminal conversion conviction
  • Forgery
  • Theft

July 15

Washington County Sheriff’s Department

Alex Michael Owen, 33, Corydon

  • Petition to revoke

Holly Anne Chastain, 42, Pekin

  • Parole Violation 

Three juveniles involved in Mt. Vernon ORV accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred yesterday afternoon.

At approximately 2:07 p.m., Posey County dispatch received information of an ORV accident with an injury that occurred on private property near Copper line and Blackburn roads.   

A responding conservation officer rendered aid and applied a tourniquet to an injured juvenile before EMS arrived.

That juvenile was then transported to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment and later flown to Louisville. 

The other two juvenile passengers had minor injuries. None of the riders was wearing helmets nor any other safety gear when the accident occurred.

Initial investigation has revealed that the side-by-side ORV was being operated by a 16-year-old juvenile who lost control and the vehicle overturned. She suffered significant leg and hand injuries in the accident.

Other responding agencies included Posey County EMS, Black Township Fire Department, and Posey County Sherriff’s Department.

Conservation officers remind everyone to always wear a helmet and protective riding gear when operating or riding on an ORV and to always use a seatbelt or safety harness when present.

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 7-19-21

Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours.
 
Davis, Eric G
Booking #: 106116
Booking Date: 07-18-2021 – 4:02 pm
Charges: 35-42-2-1.3 (699) BATTERY- DOMESTIC
35-42-2-1.3(b)(2) (1001) DOMESTIC BATTERY-ADULT KNOWING PRESENCE OF CHILD LESS THAN 16 YEARS OLD (SEE OR HEAR)
35-43-4-2 (528) THEFT
35-45-2-5 (161) COMMUNICATION- INTERFERE IN THE REPORTING OF A CRIME
Bond: No Bond
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Robbins, Jimmie L
Booking #: 106115
Booking Date: 07-18-2021 – 9:44 am
Charges: 16-42-19-18 (604) HEALTH- POSSESS HYPODERMIC SYRINGE OR NEEDLE
35-48-4-6.1 (76) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESS METHAMPHETAMINE
9-24-19-2 (27) MOTOR VEHICLE- DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED- PRIOR SUSPENSION WITHIN 10 YEARS
35-48-4-8.3 (8) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESS PARAPHERNALIA
Bond: No Bond
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Hobson, Joshua T
Booking #: 106114
Booking Date: 07-18-2021 – 8:30 am
Charges: 35-48-4-7 (902) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESSION SCHEDULE I, II, III, IV, V
35-48-4-8.3 (8) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESS PARAPHERNALIA
16-42-19-18 (604) HEALTH- POSSESS HYPODERMIC SYRINGE OR NEEDLE
35-44.1-3-1 (210) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION- RESISTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
Bond: No Bond
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Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours.
 
Brumett, Steven D
Booking #: 106112
Release Date: 07-18-2021 – 12:53 pm
Booking Date: 07-17-2021 – 11:46 pm
Charges: 9-30-5-2(a) (1162) MOTOR VEHICLE- OPERATING A VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED
Bond: $355
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Moscrip, Christopher J
Booking #: 106113
Release Date: 07-18-2021 – 12:23 pm
Booking Date: 07-17-2021 – 11:56 pm
Charges: 9-30-5-2(a) (1162) MOTOR VEHICLE- OPERATING A VEHICLE WHILE INTOXICATED
Bond: $355
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Ross, Makayla N
Booking #: 106111
Release Date: 07-18-2021 – 8:23 am
Booking Date: 07-17-2021 – 9:35 pm
Charges: 35-48-4-11(a) (906) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH/SALVIA
35-48-4-7 (902) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE- POSSESSION SCHEDULE I, II, III, IV, V
Bond: No Bond
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Scott County Inmate Roster – 7-19-21

 
Inmates were released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours.
 
GAMBILL, PRESLEY
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2021-000727
Release Date:
07-18-2021 – 11:30 am
Booking Date:
07-17-2021 – 9:52 pm
Charges:
IC 35-44.1-2-9(MA) ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR

DOSS, LAWRENCE
Booking #:
SCJAIL:2021-000726
Release Date:
07-18-2021 – 9:45 am
Booking Date:
07-17-2021 – 12:06 pm
Charges:
IC 9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED
IC 9-30-5-1-(B)MA ~ OPERATING VEHICLE WITH AN ACE OF 0.15 OR MORE
IC 9-24-18-1 ~ OPERATOR NEVER LICENSED